Waylon Lewis featured on Planet Green TV, prime-time Earth Day special. Showtimes all week.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 20, 2009
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It aired last night for first time, and will air tonight and all week. Schedule. Update: part of my appearances on the show are here (minus introduction).

My cameo was short & sweet. They cut two interviews and tour of green-renovated house (including lack-of-fridge), probably ’cause my minutes were filled with the other I’m-so-proud-of-Boulder spots that I recommended they check out…like The Kitchen, which they filmed composting and biodieseling. So a bit of a let-down, but hey that’s big media. In any case, fun. “Doing more than anyone else, the everyday hero…” and “Waylon Lewis is a bachelor” in the deep sonorous voice of ABC’s Bob Woodruff (who was co-anchor for awhile, and got bombed in Irag, disfiguring half his face somewhat).

“Waylon hangs his laundry just like his ma taught him back in the day, got rid of his fridge, got rid of car and bikes around.” Something like that. They filmed me composting, and said that I made the biggest difference of all. What they meant was that little ordinary people like I make the biggest difference. They didn’t include interview, mention of national eco magazine I started, or our web site. Well, that’s showbiz!

Good Morning America/ABC came by my green-renovated Victorian, Hotelephant, last month, and filmed me doing my thing as part of their partnership with Planet Green…for a prime-time Earth Day special. All thanks to Ryan Van Duzer, who sent them my way knowing that I was a silly green composting refrigeratorless laundry-hanging eco home livin’kinda boy. It’s on tonight—though I won’t believe I made the cut until I see it.

From Planet Green’s site: 

planet green "talk show" elephant journal "waylon lewis"


ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff hosts Planet Green’s Focus Earth featuring green news and events.

In this special hour-long edition of Focus Earth, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning anchor takes you across the globe to meet six courageous heroes fighting on the frontlines for our planet’s environmental survival.

From the villages of Kenya where lives are being saved “one seed” at a time …to the cities of China where one American boy hopes to change a nation…to American “Main Street”, where a corporate maverick is helping usher in new sustainable ways of doing business. These six innovators are harnessing the wind, and exploring the depths of our oceans…each with a brave mission of change, a unique message of hope, and a vision of how we can protect our planet. You’ll meet them, and, at the end, find out which of these inspirational people has the most powerful impact of all on our planet.

Tune in at 9pm EST this Sunday, April 19, 2009 to catch this special Earth Week episode of Focus Earth.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


12 Responses to “Waylon Lewis featured on Planet Green TV, prime-time Earth Day special. Showtimes all week.”

  1. Sam Breed says:

    Congrats Waylon! That's great news! Let's hope they left a plug for the site in there….

  2. ACFRI says:

    That is really cool man. I don't know you, but I follow your blog. I often wrestle with the viability of following you bliss, of doing truly what is imprortant to you. To see you on this show makes me realize it is worth it.

  3. sj* says:

    you are more than a local celebrity it seems! fabulocity! now, could we please get a post on the incredible feat of being refridgeratorless whilst still eating massive, fresh foods/veggies daily?! i'm waiting with bated breath…

  4. rusty r says:

    love it man!

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Well, SJ, we humans managed to do so for thousands of years. Going without a fridge naturally means you can more, you shop daily more, condiments and butter and such can be stored in cooler and/or in basement or root cellar for fairly long time…if you search energy star refrigerator on elephantjournal.com, top right, you'll find link to how everyone else does it, apparently it's something of a movement.

    That said, I couldn't or at least wouldn't do it if I had a family. So bottomline is get a slightly smaller fridge with good kwh and Energy Star.

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Well, I made about 45 seconds of the show…probably at least partly 'cause I didn't feel worthy (I wasn't, in comparison with the other 5 heroes) and so suggested they check out other stuff, mainly the Kitchen, which absorbed much of my 5 minutes. I'm not often called humble…but took chose the moment to become so! Never again will I make that mistake–when it comes to big media humility and networking are liabilities, not assets. So follow your bliss, but guard it, too. Or as they say, “Trust in Allah, but tether your camel first."

  7. elephantjournal says:

    Rusty Nashville likes this.

    Shannon at 3:19pm April 19
    refrigeratorless?? huh?

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 3:41pm April 19

    Shannon at 3:54pm April 19
    wow, you're hard core.

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 4:02pm April 19
    hard core slash bachelor who'd probably only have vodka, ice cream and condiments in my fridge anyway.

    Shannon at 5:08pm April 19
    good point.

  8. elephantjournal says:

    Stephanie Bernstein, Elena Lipson, Sara J Taylor and 4 others like this.








    Liz Joseph at 8:03pm April 19
    I wish I could see it! No cable 🙁

    Heather Mueller at 8:48pm April 19
    will we be able to see it online?

    Sara J Taylor at 9:00pm April 19
    its all true…..elephant (& you) are amazing!

  9. raganella says:

    Will this be available online? I don't have cable either 🙁

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